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VOX BASS

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by vox bassist, Jul 15, 2003.


  1. vox bassist

    vox bassist

    Jul 15, 2003
    hey,
    i got a vox bass a few years ago from a second hand guitar shop that has now shut done.
    i need to sell it but have no idea on what model it is.
    i have tried looking for sites on the web for any clues but have had no luck.
    all i know is that its not a phantom.
    does anyone know of any other bass models i can check mine against or any usefull websites.
    thanx
     
  2. Thornton Davis

    Thornton Davis Supporting Member

    Dec 11, 1999
    Toronto
    If you can tell us if the bass is a solid body or semi-acoustic would be a good start. Also what is the body shape, teardrop, violin, 335 style, etc?

    Are there any on board effects built into the bass? How many pickups does it have?

    Does the bass say "Made in Italy" on the back of the headstock?

    Finally, does the bass have a large headstock with VOX written in gold metal type?

    The answers to these questions will help determine the model.

    Cheers,

    PS - There's a 1967-68 Vox catalog posted on the attached linked site. Click on the link and checkout the catalog to see if your bass is in it.
    http://www.vintage-bass.com/Informations/Misc_Catalogs/misc_catalogs1.html
     
  3. vox bassist

    vox bassist

    Jul 15, 2003
    i had a look at it and heres what i think.
    solid body
    classic bodyshape
    single split P type pickup
    volume and tone controls
    also vox in gold on headstock

    any indication of year would be great

    thanx
     
  4. Thornton Davis

    Thornton Davis Supporting Member

    Dec 11, 1999
    Toronto
    Sounds to me that you have one of the Rose-Morris Vox guitars from the early eighty's.
    The single DiMarzio P-Bass style humbucking pickup was only found on the model 3504. That bass only came with a maple neck. The neck should have 24 frets with double dots marking the 12th and 24th frets.

    It should also have a mini switch located on the body to switch the pickup to either series or parallel.

    These were made in Japan for Vox (then owned by Rose-Morris) between 1982-85.

    Here's a picture of the 3504. If i'm wrong, please let me know.

    [​IMG]

    Cheers,
    JC
     
  5. vox bassist

    vox bassist

    Jul 15, 2003
    thats my bass

    thanx a lot

    i am 4ever indebted

    cheers
     
  6. Airsick Pilot

    Airsick Pilot Cleopatra

    Jul 29, 2002
    Cockpit(throwing up)
  7. Thornton Davis

    Thornton Davis Supporting Member

    Dec 11, 1999
    Toronto
    The Saturn is a interesting bass. If the bass that's available for $200.00 is in good shape and you like the feel of it and the way it plays and sounds, then go for it.
    Saturn has the toothpick style neck. It's extremely thin which places the strings fairly close together. I have a Vox Constellation IV bass (see picture below) with the same neck, and I personally really love the neck on it.
    The Saturn has a 30" scale and combined with the single neck positioned pickup, has a tendency to sound bassy, but that's ok. Providing you're not going to play metal or hard rock the bass will probably be fine.
    Make sure the neck doesn't have a twist in it and that everything including the hardware is good and tight. Saturn's were available between 67-69.
    Cheers,

    [​IMG]
     
  8. Airsick Pilot

    Airsick Pilot Cleopatra

    Jul 29, 2002
    Cockpit(throwing up)
    Thanks alot for the info. I'll drop by the pawn show and try it out. When I saw it I remember the bass looking really ancient. If it plays well I'll get it. Cheers!